450 golfers to mark 450 years

A WEEKEND featuring 450 golfers playing over Montrose’s two links courses is the next celebratory event marking 450 years of golf in the town.

The ‘Weekend of Celebration’ will tee off on Friday, June 29, with a civic reception at the Park Hotel hosted Angus Council, which will be attended by captains and senior office-bearers of the three local golf clubs, sponsors, members of Montrose Golf Links Committee, members of the Montrose 450 committee, local councillors and dignitaries.

The Park Hotel will also be the venue on Saturday, June 30, for a formal dinner which will include a charity auction and an insight into the world of golf by Alistair Low, Captain of the Royal & Ancient.

David May, chairman of the Montrose 450 steering group, said: “This civic reception is official recognition of the lasting contribution golf has made to the town and the people of Montrose over the last 450 years, as well as the contribution Montrose has made to the game of golf, which originated in this corner of Scotland.”

Over the weekend golfers will compete in an individual tournament as competitions for gentlemen, senior gentlemen, ladies, juniors and all players. Montrose Golf Links golf professional Jason Boyd said organisers are expecting a “fantastic” response to the commemorative tournaments, entry to which is free.

He said: “As a result, on Saturday, play will be restricted to members of Montrose golf clubs who are also Montrose Golf Links season ticket holders.

“On Sunday, July 1, however, a limited number of tee times will be available for non-members and non-season ticket holders. We’re hopeful this will encourage golfers from far and wide to make the journey to Montrose Links and experience how 450 years of golfing heritage has shaped two of the best links courses in Carnoustie Country, the cradle of golf.”

All participants will receive a commemorative Montrose 450 gift and have the chance to compete for a variety of prizes.